Leftovers from the latest storm

I am currently working on getting on top of my summer trip to Italy. I have so much to share with you but just need to sort out my thoughts.

Among all this I also want to refresh my site to a new fresh layout. And I find that almost just as hard. This is why I haven´t been so active lately. 

It is a good thing then that I have the beach so close to my home. Packed up Mr. Grumphy, the dog and my niece for a refreshing beach walk. Met the aftermath of the storm Lena that flew over us saturday night.

Bore Beach

Playing in the massive waves

Bore Beach

waves crashing at the molo, with Feistein in the background.

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July went by so fast! Before we know it fall will be upon us, to hard to belive.

Sharing some of july’s best insta photos. Including both a trip to Italy and to Spain. And some amazing sunsets back in Norway.

Happy mondays and August.

Backyard traveling

You really needn’t go long to explore your “own backyard”. For me a quick trip to the beach 10 minutes away is a new discovery every time.

But since we had the day of monday and I was babysitting in urgent need of an activity. A short day trip to Stavanger felt good and have been on my want to do list for a while now. We have had such a pretty weekend here and there is nothing prettier than old town Stavanger bathing in sunshine.

 

Old town Stavanger and Breia water

Old town Stavanger and Breia water

Old town Stavanger and the harbor

Old town Stavanger and the harbor

The old Town of Stavanger is located west of the harbor containing 173 wooden white painted houses. Mostly erected in the 17-and 1800th. To me this is the most beautiful part of Stavanger and I love to stroll down the narrow brick laid roads. This area contains a few galleries and even has it´s own small bicycle store, selling different cool stuff for your city bike. This part of Stavanger is one of the city´s biggest tourist attraction. And in cruise season you will find the streets buzzing with tourist. Best to take it all in when not so crowded.

This area was firstly intended for the fishermen and dockworkers but now it is quite expensive to live in one of these little houses. And yes this is a habitable neighborhood and not a museum. These days it is a well kept area with charming rose bushes and little gardens. If you ever visit Stavanger be sure to visit this beautiful part of town.

Old stavanger

old stavanger

øvre strandgate

øvre strandgate

Next week I´ll take a new visit and hope for just as good weather (weather in Norway can be a little unpredictable) as Champagne lunch and shopping with the girls are one the agenda.

 

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Interior trends

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Can´t seem to shake that Morocco feeling any time soon. Apparently neither can the big interior makers of Norway either. I can tell that many of this springs trends is coming from Morocco. And to tell you the truth I would have no trouble filling up an entire container with goods.

Sat down this sunday to enjoy and relax with a prescribed magazine and lo and behold – there was that perfect moroccan tea table as one of the big inspirations this spring, and yet again I regret not doing any real shopping while visiting Morocco and Marrakech. Look at all these goodies you can find just inside the souk:

 

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Check out these great lamps I found being sold inside the souk. My longing for such a lamp has gotten no less. I remember visiting here 15 years ago and even back then I wanted one of these lamps. My taste in interior decor have changed slightly since then but not much.

 

Oh choices – why so difficult

I know for sure that one of those lamps hanging on one of those floor displays would look absolutely great on my patio this summer. Here is the trouble with having just 4 days to travel. It is limited time and also limited with space in suitcase – so how to bring home all these nice goodies. After taken the tour of the souk you can pretty much decorate your entire home. Big lamps or smaller ones, leather in all sizes and varieties such as a nice stool or a lovely weekend bag. Don’t forget all the beautiful textiles and the carpets. And why not bring home some colorful tiles?

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You will find many interior designers travelling to Marrakech and Morocco for tips and ideas, even big shopping sprees. Got pinterest? check out this board with moroccan interior/decor here.

If you are interested in checking out the local interior shops in Stavanger, Ann-Mari from the blog: alltidreiseklar.blogpost.se have a great post with updated shops here.

Morrocan Interior fits any home or any decor. I love it.

 

Project: Prekestolen

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I give you: Prekestolen (Preacher´s pulpit), located just outside Stavanger on the north side of Lysefjorden. 604 meters above sea level and a good 3,8 kilometers walk.

I live a good hour drive from this beautiful place, yet still I have not visited this one up close. I am not counting the boat trip underneath 20 years ago.

Me and my hubby decided earlier this year, that THIS year is the year for the hike of prekestolen. Yesterday was the day..

and what a day. We started off in good mood. I am not that well trained so we started off slow. It is a good 3000 meters climb and a good 3,8 Km walk one way to the top. It includes steep climbs and beautiful sights. The cliff was formed approximately 10000 years ago in the early ice age.

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Prekestolen is one of the most visited natural tourist attraction in Norway. It is recommended to be visited within april to october and during this time the cliff is visited by 150 000 to 200 000 people yearly. Although we decided to take the hike in fall we still met a lot of people coming either up or down.

The sight coming up to the top is unbelievable beautiful and gives you the view of the 42 km long lysefjorden.

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Please remember to pack good clothes. It was very windy and quite cold on the top in spite of the good weather we had. Also remember to bring good hiking shoes. The path up to the top have recently (2012) been developed and made better, but you still climb an walk many a stone.

For my case, I can not quite make up my mind to which way was the hardest, the climb up or the walk down. It took us about 2 hours hiking both ways. Making it a total of 4 hours. We packed warm drinks and snacks to eat at the top. Unfortunately it was to cold so we decided to have a snack halfway downhill.

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My feet have never been so tired and the last half hour going down was no good. My knees were week and sore from climbing down and holding back and the absolute worst was hitting the plat parts with feet almost ready for collapse.

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Never the less. I would so do this trip again (but give me some time to recover first). The Hike is a pretty one with beautiful views of both Stavanger and the fjord. A wonderful landscape bathed in sunlight getting ready for fall. Can it get any better?. And I slept like a baby afterwards. Wonderful.